The Sun’s Alan Nixon claims Leeds United are keeping an eye on Stoke City midfielder Ryan Woods as they seek a potential replacement for linked-away Kalvin Phillips.
LEEDS. Making checks on Ryan Woods at STOKE in case VILLA batter down door for Kalvin Phillips. Phillips only gets out if he asks away.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 7, 2019
The Leeds star is on the radar of Premier League side Aston Villa, and should he push for an exit, the Elland Road outfit won’t stop him.
Both sides are yet to agree on a fee, and with less than a month to the end of the summer transfer window, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are putting a contingency plan in place should Phillips leave.
Woods featured in 27 Championship games for the Potters last term, and Leeds reckon he has enough potential to blossom into a top player under the Argentine boss.
Some Whites’ fans share the same sentiment, and here is how they reacted to the reports on Twitter:
Ryan Woods is a brilliant championship player but not on Phillips’s level whatsoever
— Armo ☀️? (@Jordan_Armo) July 7, 2019
— poc (@peteoconn) July 7, 2019
Ryan Woods is a good player. Would like him at Leeds.
— Mighty Whites Pod (@mightywhitespod) July 7, 2019
Ryan woods is no No I'm afraid. ?
— John Waite (@waiteyleeds) July 7, 2019
From what I’ve seen, a decent player but no Kalvin Phillips.
— LetsTalkLeeds_ (@LetsTalkLeeds_) July 7, 2019
Wouldn’t necessarily expect Kalvin Phillips to leave #LUFC; but if he were to depart I think they should go for Ben Pearson rather than Ryan Woods. It’s so important they have a ball-winner in there to enforce the press and allow them to incorporate x2 “false #10s” in same XI. https://t.co/RVJvl1pdrl
— Gabriel Sutton (@_FootbalLab) July 7, 2019
Kalvin our ‘must keep’ and Ryan Woods, no thanks
— Richard Lang (@richardlang05) July 7, 2019
Neal Maupay or Dwight Gayle
… This would make sense if we are actually selling Roofe and Jansson #lufc
— Lucas Uren (@LucasUren) July 8, 2019
The 25-year-old brings versatility to the table as he is also able to play at both right and left-back.
Woods didn’t particularly impress at Stoke last term, but has potential to become one of the best midfielders in the division after emerging as Brentford’s Supporters’ Player of the Year in 2017-18 and the club’s Players’ Player of the Year a season earlier.
Leeds will be gutted to lose Phillips, but the Potters midfielder can prove to be a perfect replacement in the end if a move is sealed for him.